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As a great public university, our public mission—the imperative to serve society—is at the core of who we are. Today, as always, our faculty and students are generating innovative ideas for addressing some of the world’s most daunting problems. Support the world’s most inventive faculty researchers. Make it possible for them to cure diseases, expand the boundaries of knowledge, spark creative collaborations that lead to unexpected discoveries, and foster innovations that will—again—transform the world.

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Sunitha Nagrath


Could cancer be diagnosed with a simple blood test? A new chip developed by Sunitha Nagrath, assistant professor of chemical engineering and biomedical engineering can trap the one cancer cell in a billion normal cells.

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3D Printing at C.S. Mott


After surgeons at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital implanted 3D printed devices to open up 18-month old Garrett’s airways, his parents are now planning to take their son home to their house in Utah for the very first time.

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Stamps School and Health System collaboration



A new collaboration matches young video game designers from the Stamps School of Art & Design with medical experts at the U-M Health System to explore non-traditional ways of helping young diabetes patients manage their disease.

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